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Lip Gloss Recipes

Updated on June 13, 2010

Make Your Own Lip Gloss

Lip gloss can give your lips shine and color and can protect them from the effects of sun and wind. Lip gloss can taste great too! It's fun and easy to make your own lip gloss. You can make the gloss whatever color and flavor you like, plus you'll know all the ingredients are safe and healthy.

Basic Lip Gloss Recipe

Yes, you can just use a dab of petroleum jelly, but it isn't hard to make a lip gloss that does more than prevent chapped lips. Here's a basic natural lip gloss recipe that feels great on your lips and is great for them.


tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon cocoa butter

2 teaspoons beeswax

10-20 drops jojoba oil

optional - drops of honey or flavoring or vitamin E oil


  1. Melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax in a double boiler or over hot water.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Stir in the jojoba oil and any additional ingredients.

  4. Pour the balm into a clean container. Set the lid on top of the container, but slightly ajar to allow any moisture to escape.

  5. Seal the container once the lip balm has cooled/solidified.

Lip Gloss Ingredients

I've listed some ingredients used in lip gloss recipes that are available online. Feel free to add your own recommendations to the list or to vote ingredients up/down.

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Flavored Lip Gloss Recipes

Chocolate Lip Gloss

This lip gloss is soothing, plus it has a yummy scent and flavor.


1-1/2 tsp grated cocoa butter

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/8 tsp oil of vitamin E (optional)

1/4 tsp grated chocolate or 1-3 chocolate chips


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small microwaveable or heat resistant cup or bowl.

  2. Heat 1-2 minutes in the microwave or in a double boiler until the mixture is melted.

  3. Remove from heat.

  4. Mix well.

  5. Spoon the gloss into a container.

  6. Cool completely with the lid resting on the container, but slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape and prevent condensation.

  7. Seal and label the container.
Tropical Lip Gloss

This lip gloss will drench your lips with moisture. Vitamin E is a natural preservative.


1 teaspoon cocoa butter, grated

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon macadamia nut oil (may substitute almond oil or olive oil)

1 teaspoon light sesame oil

1 teaspoon petroleum jelly (optional: use to make gloss more solid or to add more shine)


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a cup or bowl.

  2. Rest the container inside of a larger container of very hot (not boiling) water.

  3. Stir the ingredients together until they are melted.

  4. Pour the mixture into a small container with lid (lip gloss containers are commercially available).

  5. Smooth the gloss onto lips, either to be worn alone or to add shine over lipstick.
Peppermint Lip Gloss

Peppermint lip gloss is soothing and refreshing. You can substitute spearmint flavor, if you like, or actually any flavor, such as lemon or orange.


2 tablespoons petroleum jelly

1 teaspoon beeswax

10-14 drops peppermint oil


  1. Melt the petroleum jelly and beeswax in the microwave or over a double boiler.

  2. Remove the mixture from here and add the peppermint oil.
  3. Pour the lip gloss into a small container and allow it to cool.
Berry Lip Gloss

Make this gloss with your favorite berry. Berries will impart a natural color to your lips, plus they contain antioxidants to help keep your lips smooth.


10 fresh cranberries or 5 fresh raspberries or blackberries

1 tablespoon sweet almond oil

1 teaspoon honey

1 drop vitamin E oil


  1. Mix the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.

  2. Microwave 1-2 minutes or until the mixture begins to boil.

  3. Mash the hot berries.

  4. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then strain it through cheesecloth or a sieve to filter out the berry skins and seed.

  5. Spoon the gloss into small containers and allow it to cool completely.

Vanilla Lip Gloss

This is an easy recipe that uses slightly different ingredients.


1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon petroleum jelly

1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Place the ingredients in a small bowl or cup and set this container inside a larger pan of hot water. Stir and melt the ingredients together, then pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool completely.

Lemon Lip Gloss

Note that you can make this gloss any flavor, depending on the flavoring that you add. Try cherry or orange too.


2 teaspoons grated beeswax

1 teaspoon honey

1 vitamin E oil capsule

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

1 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)

6 drops of lemon flavoring


Melt the beeswax. Stir in the honey, vitamin E, and aloe vera. Add the almond and lemon flavorings.

Honey Lime Lip Gloss


2 teaspoons grated beeswax

7-8 teaspoons sweet almond oil (or jojoba oil)

1 vitamin E capsule

1 teaspoon honey

5 drops lime essential oil or flavoring


Melt together the beeswax and almond or jojoba oil. Open the vitamin E capsule and stir in the contents. Add the honey and flavoring. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool.

Glossed Lip Image: Belén,

Helpful Lip Gloss Tip

To help prevent contamination of your gloss or moisture forming drops on the surface, set the lid ajar on top of the cooling gloss pot. Seal the lid after the gloss has completely cooled.

Lip Gloss Videos

These YouTube videos explain how to make your own lip gloss.

Super Simple Lip Gloss Recipes

Quick and Easy Recipes for Soft Shiny Lips

These recipes are quick! One quick way to melt the petroleum jelly is to nuke it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Otherwise, you can melt it in a plastic baggie placed in a cup of hot water. Mix the other ingredient(s) in with the melted petroleum jelly and then pour the mixture into lip gloss pots and let it cool.

Honey Lip Gloss

3 tablespoons petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)

1 teaspoon honey

Cocoa Lip Gloss

petroleum jelly

pinch of cocoa, sweetened or unsweetened

Berry Lip Gloss

petroleum jelly

pinch of sweetened drink crystals (stawberry, raspberry, blueberry, etc.)

Minty Gloss

petroleum jelly

couple drops of oil of peppermint

Colored Lip Gloss Recipes

Lip Gloss with a Hint of Color

This group of recipes will give you lip gloss that adds color to your lips. You can go with the usual red, pink, coral, brown, or berry colors or you can be adventurous! Actually, you can add a bit of colored lipstick or soft drink mix to any recipe on this page to create colored gloss.

Lipgloss from Your Favorite Lipstick

If you have a lipstick you love, you can make lipgloss from it.


1/2 teaspoon lipstick

1 teaspoon grated beeswax

1/2 teaspoon petroleum jelly

4-6 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

2 drops vitamin E from a vitamin E capsule (optional)


Mix the lipstick, beeswax, and petroleum jelly in a small bowl. Melt the ingredients together either by setting this bowl in a larger bowl of very hot water or by microwaving it for a few seconds. Stir in the peppermint oil and vitamin E. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool.

Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

Have you ever colored your lips and tongue blue drinking blue Kool-Aid? This lip gloss works on the same principle, except you may prefer a flavor like strawberry, cherry, or black cherry over the blue color... or not. Have fun! This particular lipgloss is easy and safe enough to let young kids make.


1 tablespoon Kool-Aid or other sweetened instant flavored drink mix (if you use the unsweetened type, then use a lot less and maybe add a bit of honey as a sweetener)

2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening

Mix the ingredients together and spoon the mixture into a lip gloss pot.

Lip Gloss Made from Roses

What a wonderful way to keep and use roses from a special event! This gloss will bear the color of the dried petals and the scent of roses.


2 tablespoons grated beeswax

1 tablespoon coconut oil

dried rose petals, crushed and ground into a powder

5 drops rose essential oil

You can powder dried rose petals by grinding them with a mortar and pestle or by processing them in a spice mill or coffee grinder. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together, either in a microwave or over a double boiler. Mix in the rose petals and rose oil. You could add a drop of vitamin E if you like. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool.

Lip Image: Sabaldeu, Wikipedia Commons

Lip Gloss Kit

If you can't find all the materials for lip gloss, you can get a kit so you can make several different types of lip gloss from one package.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for mentioning my book, Natural Beauty Recipes, best wishes, Sidra Shaukat

      ps, Coconut oil on it's own is a great lip gloss and either under or over lipstick

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. I am going to try.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      is this lip balm or lip gloss

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You said to get Jojoba Oil for the Basic Lipgloss thing, does it matter what sort of jojoba oil? (a.k.a. skin care jojoba oil, jojoba hair oil?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you!

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      Great lens! I'm gonna try these.

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      purpleslug 6 years ago

      Love it! Now I know what to make for Christmas gifts this year. Great Lens! Can't wait to try some.

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      Wow! Fantastic tips!!! I will try some of them and I will come back with my questions. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

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      TheRatRaceRebel1 6 years ago

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      DTalksAll LM 6 years ago

      Great lens!!!!! Thanks for sharing

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      BestMakeup LM 6 years ago

      Great lense lots of useful information :) thanks for sharing!

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      i like this

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      C A Chancellor 7 years ago from US/TN

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      Our Girl Scouts made their own lip gloss with vaseline and drops of candy flavoring. I kept one for myself... cherry flavor.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cool but i wanna know if since u can use any flavor can u also use leaves and spices? eg: Cinnamin sticks grated with lemon juice and honey? Or tea leaves?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      your lip gloss recipes inspred me to make my own!!! i made a PANCAKE lipgloss!! i used 1/4 teaspoon of crushed graham cracker, 1 1/2 tablespoon of crisco, about 6 or 7 drops of vanilla and a few drizzles of maple syrup! its smells awesome, looks and feels great!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanx wat ever

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I was just thinking how "natural" and safe petroleum jelly and koolaid are.

      Do you know petroleum jelly is a by-product of the processing of crude oil into gasoline, plastic, and other crap that is generally accepted as NOT safe for human consumption? Putting it on your lips seems beyond foolish, as this is some of the thinnest skin in your body, in addition to being impossible to avoid ingesting through your mouth. The petroleum industry has fooled us into thinking this garbage is safe to apply to our skin (even babies' bottoms!), because they can't afford to dispose of it responsibly, as the environmental waste it really is. By convincing us it is safe, they can profitably slip it into all kinds of commercial skin care products. Double win for them. Double lose for us.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hahah tanx dey rele helpd me!! xxxxxxx

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cool, This info is for my science expierement, now i think i will use them for my self too!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      u must embrace your inner child so you will never grow old.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you very much for these recipes! My daughters and I go through so many tubes of lip gloss, I ought to own stocks in Bonne Bell.

      We'll definitely try one of these recipes soon.

      Thanks again!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      add petrleum jelly with Kolaid. it works well

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      these r gr8t!!!!!!!! i wnt have to spend a dime on lip gloss again and the best thing is tht u can sell the gloss too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think this site is really cool but it would be nice if there were recipes with stuff that normal people have in their house.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow I do not care for childish things like lip gloss.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Dang!!! They us complicated stuff!! But Oh well!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You can buy Beeswax blocks 1 LB at for $6.50 or Murrays Beeswax 3.5 OZ jar by Murrays $2.69

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      Valu LM 8 years ago

      Excellent. I will try to make it on my own and there will be no need to buy a new one. Very good advice, before I did not even know that it is possible to make your own lopgloss.

      thanks 5

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i don't have the ingredients, but i want to try it

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      DreamsFulfilled 8 years ago

      It's easier than I thought!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i can't find beeswax anywhere!?! I checked Micheal's, Albertson's, Trader Joes and umm rite aid... Oh and the Vitamin shop includin walgreens

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      well i want to try it but i don't have the ingredients

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      Sarah 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Great lens, I love the variety of the recipes.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Very cool. I never thought about making my own lip gloss.